Where do your eggs come from?
Many Americans never learned how eggs end up in grocery stores, where chickens live, how egg farmers care for their hens or what egg farmers do to protect the land, air and water around their farms. A lot happens before eggs are sold, and understanding responsible farming practices used on today’s modern egg farms educates both today and tomorrow’s consumers.
Designed for the classroom, this collection of short videos showcases an egg’s journey from the hen house to our plates. This flexible series includes seven videos that give an in-depth explanation of an egg’s journey; from the barn experience to environmental management and from the egg itself to the homes of families nationwide.
A brief explanation of the laying, cleaning, and packaging steps for eggs prior to reaching homes nationwide.
Hen houses have greatly evolved over time and are still evolving today. There are many different styles of barns, but each designed to keep hens safe and healthy.
It is important to keep things out of the barn that can make hens sick. Egg farmers place high importance on biosecurity and require farm workers and visitors to follow strict rules when entering the farm.
There are many different species of hens, but each have a similar lifestyle and produce eggs with the same genetic make-up and nutritional value.
HENS: THE MAKING OF AN EGG
A hen’s biological makeup is what allows her to produce many eggs in her lifetime.
EGGS PART 1
Hens in the United States produce up to 75 Billion eggs per year. Eggs can vary in size, but each contains the same three parts and contain an abundance of nutrients.
EGGS PART 2
Eggs go through many different steps during the few days prior to reaching the grocery store to ensure they’re safe. Consumers also play an important role in safe egg handling practices.
Egg farmers work hard to recycle resources used in their barns. Over the past fifty years, egg farmers have been able to greatly reduce their environmental footprint by following strict environmental management guidelines.